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Corvette Stingray redesigned for new millennium (pictures)

With a complete redesign, Chevy gave the Corvette Stingray a huge tech makeover, turning it into one of the best cars on the road, and track.

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Constructed of composite panels on an aluminum frame, the 2014 Corvette Stingray features a lightweight but stiff body. The design of the new car borrows from older generations, yet presents a unified whole. The car is clearly a Corvette, but its modern style makes it look as good as any recent Ferrari.
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Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter noted during a presentation that Chevy incorporated actual racing technology in the new Corvette, such as canting the radiator at a forward angle. All the vents on the body are functional.
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LED lighting finds its way into the headlight casings as parking lights.
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The Stingray's 6.2-liter V-8, with direct injection, produces 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque when the sport exhaust option is present. Take 5 from each spec with the standard exhaust.
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As a true sports car, the Corvette Stingray only seats two.
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This standard model Stingray has a short spoiler on the rear hatch lip. Models with the Z51 performance package get a wider spoiler, stretching across the back of the car.
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The carbon fiber roof panel is removable, and can be stowed in the back of the car. It is light enough that a single person can take it off and put it on.
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An easy driver on the road, the Corvette Stingray is also a consummate performer on the track. It is incredibly easy to control in high-speed cornering.
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Cabin appointments have traditionally been a weak point on Corvette models, but Chevrolet put some real effort, and money, into the new model. It feels good enough to rival that of the Italian supercar makers.
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Chevrolet make the cockpit extremely driver-focused.
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The standard center touch screen shows Chevrolet's MyLink system that includes navigation, phone support, and media.

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